On the morning of Wednesday, April 20, a search warrant was executed for the confiscation of 41 dogs linked with multiple dog fighting operations in Halifax, Virginia. Working closely with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Attorney’s Office, the ASPCA assisted in what is being dubbed one of the largest dog fighting busts the area has ever seen.
ASPCA responders have confirmed that many of the dogs exhibited scars consistent with fighting. The dogs were also denied access to clean water and appeared to be underweight. Skin infections and other medical conditions were apparent.
“Organized dog fighting is a brutal form of animal abuse where dogs are exploited and forced to fight as their owners profit from their torture,” says ASPCA Animal Fighting Specialist Terry Mills. “We are determined to protect our nation’s animals from this form of cruelty.”
All 41 dogs have been taken to an undisclosed location, where veterinarians will examine their medical conditions and temperaments.
In addition to removing the animals and collecting evidence for the prosecution of the criminal case, the ASPCA will collect DNA samples from the dogs and submit them to Canine CODIS (Combined DNA Index System), the nation’s first criminal dog-fighting DNA database.
Stay tuned for more breaking news as we continue to cover the case in Virginia.